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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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New Catamaran for Dry Tortugas National Park

Caterpillar Engine Products Division has announced the completion of a new catamaran fast excursion vessel for Yankee Roamer, Inc., Key West, Fla. The 92-ft. boat has a top speed of more than 27 knots. Yankee Freedom II was designed by Phil Hercus of Internation Catamaran Designs-Sydney, Australia. The Incat design uses a single chine Z-Bow hull shape that increases waterline length for improved high-speed performance and seakeeping ability. Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, Mass. built the all-aluminum vessel and designed the interior and mechanical systems. Gladding-Hearn is Incat's U.S. East Coast licensee and is schedule to launch two more Incat designed ferries this year. Yankee Freedom II is powered by two Cat 3412C marine engines, each rated 1,050 bhp at 2,300 rpm.

Yankee Fleet Receives Incat Crowther Ferry

'Yankee Freedom lll': Photo credit Incat Crowther

'Yankee Freedom III', a 34m Catamaran Ferry, was developed in partnership with Yankee Fleet and Gladding Hearn Shipbuilding. The new vessel, designed to provide exceptional passenger comfort and minimal environmental impact on the local environment,  will take over the company’s daily run from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson, previously serviced by the Incat Crowther designed Yankee Freedom II. To achieve the regulated environmental and passenger comfort criteria…

Gladding-Hearn Starts Building for service to Dry Tortugas

Having recently signed a new 10-year contract with the National Park Service (NPS) for passenger service between Key West, Fla., and the Dry Tortugas National Park, Massachusetts-based Yankee Fleet has ordered a new 250-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. The new vessel will replace the ferry operator’s interim vessel, Yankee Freedom II, which the shipyard built in 1999. Delivery is planned for 2011. The new, larger vessel, designed by Incat-Crowther, closely resembles the Yankee Freedom II in order to retain the strong brand presence Yankee Fleet has established with tourists to the national park, said company officials. The all-aluminum catamaran measures 110 feet (33.5m) long, 30.6’ (9.3m) at the beam, and will draw 7 feet (2m).

Incat Crowther to Design Cat Ferry for Yankee Fleet

Photo courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced a contract to design a 110-ft Catamaran Ferry for operation in Florida. The vessel will be built by Gladding-Hearn for Yankee Fleet. To be named Yankee Freedom III, the vessel will replace Yankee Freedom II, designed and built by the same partnership in 1999. She will operate on the company’s daily run from Key West to Dry Tortugas national Park and Fort Jefferson. Whilst Incat Crowther has expanded into new marine sectors of late, this project demonstrates Incat Crowther’s commitment to servicing its long-term clients in North America.

Gladding-Hearn Delivers with Repeat, Proven Business in 2012

When the long-time operators of the National Park Service passenger route from Key West, Florida, to Dry Tortugas National Park were looking to keep that contract and further upgrade the quality of their offerings in that market, they did what most satisfied customers would do: they went back to the builder of their current vessel, Massachusetts-based Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The original boat used by Yankee Fleet in this service, built in 1998, provided reliable service over the years…

Outstanding Passenger Vessels

Measuring 175 ft. in length, dinner cruise vessel Starship was recently delivered to Starship Cruise Lines of Biloxi, Miss. Boasting a mega-yacht style, the vessel was designed by Naval Architects Dejong & Lebet of Jacksonville, Fla., and constructed by Freeport, Fla.-based Freeport Shipbuilding. Plachter-Vogel Design provided interior architecture. USCG-Certified under Subchapter K for 600 passengers, plus 30 crew, Starship carries a Stability Letter for Partially Protected waters. The vessel is designed to have a 5-5.6 ft. full load draft enabling it to access some of the Biloxi area's more shallow waterways. The hull features tunnels to allow large enough propellers while minimizing the draft.

This Day in Naval History - May 21

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns. 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war. 1944 - Accidental explosion on board an LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, and the resulting fire and other explosions sink five LSTs. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at http://www.history.navy.mil.

Supply Boats Auctioned off

On a gray Wednesday morning, five supply and anchor handling tug supply boats were auctioned off on the U.S. Federal Courthouse steps in Lafayette, Louisiana. About 26 people attended the auction with ten registered bidders signing in and showing proof of deposit. At 10:00 o’clock a.m. after the Clerk of the Court read the court orders and terms and conditions of the sale, individual bidding started on the 180’ x 40’, 2700HP “Seacor Osprey” at $5,000. The “Osprey” had been originally built as a straight platform supply vessel by Halter Marine in 1981, converted to an oil recovery / emergency response vessel in 1994 and had been cold-stacked since 2001.

MISC Issues Bonds To Buy Ships

Malaysian International Shipping Corp (MISC), the country's flag carrier, is planning to issue yankee bonds worth up to $500 million in the next few weeks. The yankee bond offering, where the debt is issued in the U.S. market, will be the second from Malaysia this year. Traders said state power firm Tenaga Nasional would issue $800 million in bonds by the middle of next month, with the company expected to go on a roadshow soon. "MISC is looking to raise $350 to $500 million to finance ship acquisitions," said a dealer at a foreign bank. But another source said the shipping line could be tapping a maximum of $400 million. The MISC issue was seen as likely to precede a similar issue by its parent Petronas. The state oil firm owns 62 percent of MISC.

USCG Prepares Ports of Saipan, Tinian for Heavy Weather

Coast Guards prepare PORTS OF SAIPAN, TINIAN

In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Depression 16W the Coast Guard captain of the port for Guam has established port heavy weather condition x-ray for the ports of Saipan and Tinian effective at 9 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time Saturday. In accordance with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 160.111(c), the COTP orders all commercial vessels to prepare to complete cargo operations and be ready to depart the ports of Saipan and Tinian when PHWC Yankee is established.

Today in U.S. Naval History: May 21

USS Ericsson (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

1944 - During preparations for the invasion of Saipan an accidental ordnance blast on LST 353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition explosions at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, killing 163 and injuring 396. Six tank landing ships (LST-39, LST-43, LST-69, LST-179, LST-353, LST-480), three tank landing craft (LCT-961, LCT-963, LCT-983), and 17 track landing vehicles (LVTs) are destroyed in explosions and fires. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea.

MISC Bond Issue Not Happening

Malaysia International Shipping Corp (MSIC) said on Tuesday it had no immediate plan to issue any bonds. Replying to a stock exchange query, the Malaysian flag carrier however said it was considering undertaking an international rating exercise. Traders told Reuters on Monday that MISC was planning to issue yankee bonds worth up to $500 million in the next few weeks. The MISC issue was seen as likely to precede a similar issue by its parent Petronas. The state oil firm owns 62 percent of MISC. Sources had said MISC could be borrowing under Petronas' name to enjoy better rates. But MISC said the report was mere speculation. "MISC is not going for any bond issue in the immediate future," it said. "MISC is considering undertaking an international rating exercise." - (Reuters)

Preparations for Tropical Storm

The US Coast Guard is advising mariners in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to make all necessary preparations for tropical storm Alberto. Sector Mobile issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin setting Port Condition ZULU and closing the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Panama City to the eastern boundary of the sector. Sector St. Petersburg issued a Press Release stating that it has set Hurricane Condition 4 – Whiskey – and recommending that commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tons depart the port. A subsequent Press Release stated that Hurricane Condition 2 – Yankee – has been set for the Port of Tampa. The storm is expected to make landfall near Apalachee Bay, Florida at about noon on June 13 and then move up the Atlantic coast of the United States. Source: HK Law

This Day in Naval History – May 21

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war 1944 - During preparations for the invasion of Saipan an accidental ordnance blast on LST 353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition explosions at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, killing 163 and injuring 396. Six tank landing ships (LST-39, LST-43, LST-69, LST-179, LST-353, LST-480), three tank landing craft (LCT-961, LCT-963, LCT-983), and 17 track landing vehicles (LVTs) are destroyed in explosions and fires. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – May 21

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war 1944 - During preparations for the invasion of Saipan an accidental ordnance blast on LST 353 sets off cataclysmic ammunition explosions at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, killing 163 and injuring 396. Six tank landing ships (LST-39, LST-43, LST-69, LST-179, LST-353, LST-480), three tank landing craft (LCT-961, LCT-963, LCT-983), and 17 track landing vehicles (LVTs) are destroyed in explosions and fires. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History

1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns. 1917 - USS Ericsson fires first torpedo of war. 1944 - Accidental explosion on board an LST unloading ammunition in West Loch, Pearl Harbor, and the resulting fire and other explosions sink five LSTs. 1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea. 1882 - Commodore Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade. 1958 - Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records, May 22-23. 1967 - New York City reaches agreement to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard, ending 166 years of construction and repair of naval vessels. 1968 - USS Scorpion (SSN 589) is lost with all hands.

Seastreak New Jersey To Be Christened

Local and state dignitaries will converge on the Monmouth County waterfront to take part in the official unveiling and christening of the M/V SeaStreak New Jersey. and East 34th St. in Manhattan. The christening ceremony will be held on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina, Pier 6 in Atlantic Highlands. Honoring an ancient tradition and officially naming the vessel will be its Godmother, Miss New Jersey Julie Barber. Among those participating in the ceremony will be a representative of the Coast Guard Reverend Peter Larom of the Seaman's Church in Manhattan. Highlands and South Amboy have also been invited to participate in the festivities.

Austal Signs Contract for Sale of Stock Vessel

Austal Limited shipbuilding subsidiary, Austal USA has signed a contract with Lighthouse Fast Ferry of New York (also known as New York Fast Ferry) for the sale of the 86ft. (26 m) passenger catamaran being built speculatively at Austal USA’s shipyard facilities in Mobile, Ala. Due for delivery in July 2002, the new catamaran will be the third vessel delivered by Austal USA within six months and follows closely the delivery of two crew/supply vessels to Otto Candies LLC in January. Austal’s managing director, Bob McKinnon said the sale was a great result for Austal USA and the Austal group. “We are very pleased to have finalized the first sale of a passenger catamaran into the United States market,” McKinnon said.

Austal USA Signs Contract for Sale of Stock Vessel

Austal USA has signed a contract with Lighthouse Fast Ferry of New York (also known as New York Fast Ferry) for the sale of the 86 ft. (26 m) passenger catamaran being built at Austal USA’s shipyard facilities in Mobile, Ala. Due for delivery in July 2002, the new catamaran will be the third vessel delivered by Austal USA within six months and follows closely the delivery of two crew/supply vessels to Otto Candies LLC in January. Austal Group Managing Director, Bob McKinnon said the sale was a great result for Austal USA and the Austal group. “We are very pleased to have finalized the first sale of a high speed ferry into the United States market,” Mr. McKinnon said.

GLDD Sells Historic Demolition Business

Largest provider of dredging services in the United States, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) informs it has completed the sale of NASDI, LLC and Yankee Environmental Services, LLC, its two subsidiaries that comprise the historical demolition business, to a privately owned demolition company located in the Midwest for US$5.3 million. GLDD points out that it retains the right to collect all outstanding accounts receivable and work in process at the date of close, as well as any outstanding claims, and retains certain obligations, including obligations related to performance bonds issued for existing projects. The Company also retained a significant remediation project that will be performed by its Terra subsidiary.

SUNY Maritime Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Administrators and staff at the SUNY Maritime College took the Ice Bucket Challenge and raised more than $1,250 for the ALS Foundation.

Taking full advantage of one of the summer’s hottest days, twelve administrators and staff at the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College today took the Ice Bucket Challenge, and raised more than $1,250 for the ALS Foundation in the process. With temperatures topping 90 degrees and humidity levels at 60 percent, Rear Admiral Michael A. Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime, was joined by Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Timothy Lynch, Athletic Director Heather MacCulloch…

Hurricane Ignacio Will not Affect Hawaiian Port Operations

Ignacio not expected to psoe danger to ports

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port continues to closely monitor the movement of Hurricane Ignacio and based on the storms current trajectory to the northwest it does not appear that the closure of commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands will be necessary. As a precaution, the COTP has moved the ports of Hilo and Kawaihae on the Big Island and the ports of Kaunakakai and Kahului in Maui County to Condition X-Ray (III): The READINESS condition in which winds above 34 knots (39 mph) are expected within 48 hours.

Two Saved South of Emerald Isle, NC

Two saved from a boat Wednesday taking on water south of Bogue Inlet. Photo USCG

The Coast Guard rescued two people from a boat Wednesday taking on water south of Bogue Inlet. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a mayday call from two people aboard the 23-foot skiff, Southern Yankee, 12 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet, stating the skiff was taking on water at approximately 9:40 a.m. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RBM) crew from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle launched at 9:51 a.m. and arrived on scene at 10:17 a.m. The two people aboard the flooded skiff were taken aboard the RBM…

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